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Emperor Kangxi of Qing Dynasty 2017-05-11
Kangxi Emperor (May 4, 1654 – December 20, 1722) is the fourth emperor of the Qing Dynasty and is the one who started the last flourishing age of feudal China. Ascending the throne at a young age of 8, he didn’t actually hold power until 14 and he had been on the throne for 61 years, the longest in Chinese history.


Though a great emperor in Chinese history Kangxi Emperor is, his childhood can only be described as ‘miserable’: losing parents at a young age, acting as a puppet emperor without actual power for years and being bullied … All these didn’t make him simply feel sorry for himself, instead he worked and studied hard to become a good emperor. Legend has it that there were days when he studied so hard that he vomited blood. Under his unremitting efforts, he finally seized power and led China onto the road of prosperity.


During his lifetime, Kangxi Emperor made six inspection tours to Jiangnan Region (normally referring to the geographic area south of the Yangtze River) and Hangzhou had been one of his destinations. As is known to all, the heavenly Hangzhou prides itself on the West Lake - a nature’s wonder and a masterpiece of many generations. It’s this lake that has attracted Kangxi Emperor to Hangzhou and made him unable to leave. His love for the West Lake can still be seen in the ten steles erected beside the Top Ten Views of West Lake with his inscriptions on and the old site of his temporary Imperial Palace which faces West Lake and is backed against the Solitary Hill.

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The Art of the Guqin2017-11-21
Guqin, is a traditional Chinese musical instrument with a history that spans at least three thousand years. Ranked first in the following top four traditional Chinese arts – Guqin, Chess, Calligraphy and Painting, Guqin has long been considered as the symbol of elegance and has been the long-chosen musical accompaniment for singing ancient scholars. To know or to master the art of the Guqin, then the following influential places in Hangzhou are a good place to start.
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Hangzhou, Soaked in Traditional Chinese Medicine2017-11-21
Traditional Chinese medicine has a time-honored history. As early as ancient times, through the process of struggling with nature, traditional Chinese medicine was created. When searching for food, it was discovered that plants could relieve symptoms, which is the origins of traditional Chinese medicine; hot rocks or sand and earth wrapped up with furs or tree barks eased pain when warming oneself by a fire, which is how moxibustion came into being. It is also during the process of producing tools, that the ancient Chinese discovered the stabbing of some parts of the body can ease the pain of some other parts of the body, and that is how acupuncture come into being.
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